The David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's think tank—analyzes pressing global challenges and offers actionable steps that policymakers and citizens can take to address them. The more than seventy full-time and adjunct fellows in Studies cover all the world’s major regions and significant foreign policy issues. In addition to producing books, articles, op-eds, blogs, podcasts, and interactives, the Studies Program administers eleven fellowship programs. 

In Focus: Tackling Global Displacement

An Iraqi woman lies on the ground as civilians flee Mosul while Iraqi forces advance inside the city during fighting against the so-called Islamic State group’s fighters on March 8, 2017.ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

Washington is paying little attention to the global refugee crisis, but ignores this critical trend at its own peril, says CFR National Intelligence Fellow Michael P. Dempsey, arguing that addressing forced displacement helps the United States stay safe. 



A snap election takes place in Japan, the U.S. military holds evacuation drills in South Korea, and Kenya prepares for a rerun of its disputed presidential election.
The mission is to be a resource and a source of ideas, and to provide analysis and background to help people understand the world. — Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

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James M. Lindsay
Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
Janine Hill
Director, Fellowship Affairs
Amy R. Baker
Director, Studies Administration
Victoria Alekhine
Deputy Director, Fellowship Affairs
Shira Schwartz
Deputy Director, Studies Administration